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Author Brad Thor challenges Trump’s 2020 re-election bid

Declaring that “America deserves better leadership”, author Brad Thor threw his hat in the ring for the 2020 GOP primary. Well, maybe, but probably not.  Thor said he would challenge President Trump’s bi...
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Seeing the flock home: Sunday reflection

This morning’s Gospel reading is John 10:11–18: Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs awa...

10 notes on the Comey memos

(Scott Johnson) Former FBI Director James Comey documented his conversations with President Trump in seven memos (15 pages in all) produced in redacted form by the Department of Justice to Congress last week. I am embedding them below. I want to offer a few, mostly obvious notes and queries on the memos. I think they warrant your attention. Except as part of the perpetual Trump hatefest on CNN and MSNBC, insufficient attention has been paid to the memos. I urge you to take a look and ...

Romney runs into brief stumbling block on road to the Senate

You’ll probably be seeing a number of startling headlines this weekend regarding Mitt Romney’s bid to win the Senate seat currently held by Orrin Hatch. CNN has one example of this phenomenon, declaring that Romne...

A Candidate With Skin in the Game

Ninety-eight percent of Americans – plumbers, dentists, bus drivers – have skin in the game. We have to worry about the 2 percent – the intellectuals and politicians making the big decisions who don’t have skin in the game and are messing the whole thing up for everybody else. Thirty years ago, the French National Assembly was composed … ...

Have we really made “big progress” with North Korea?

(Paul Mirengoff) President Trump is hailing North Korea’s announcement that the regime is willing to end the testing of its ICBMs. He tweeted: North Korea has agreed to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site. This is very good news for North Korea and the World – big progress! Look forward to our Summit. ...

McCabe says he’ll sue Trump for defamation

(Paul Mirengoff) Andrew McCabe reportedly is planning to sue for wrongful termination and defamation. The defendant in his wrongful termination suit would have to be the government, I think. The defendant is his defamation suit apparently would be President Trump. McCabe’s lawyer says Trump has engaged in “continuing slander” against the former FBI man...

Loose Ends (35)

(Steven Hayward) It’s down to the wire for the end of the semester, which means I’m up to my neck in student term papers and other things that are keeping me from my keyboard, so lots of things are piling up on my spindle. Time to clear out a few. • The man purpose of academic freedom, we’re told, is to protect the generation of “new knowledge.” The new knowledge we learned from academia this week is that Fresno State University hires...

Swedes Sour On Immigration

(John Hinderaker) Despite the relentless efforts by Sweden’s establishment to put a happy face on what has obviously been a troubled refugee policy, most Swedes aren’t buying it. A recent poll finds that 60% want to take in fewer refugees: 41 percent said that they would prefer significantly fewer refugees to be accepted, while 19 percent said they would ta...

UC Santa Barbara students surprised to learn Obama also sent troops to the border

Campus Reform’s Cabot Phillips posted a video today in which he asked students on the UC Santa Barbara campus what they thought of President Trump sending National Guard troops to the southern border. As you would expect, the mostly left-leaning students were against it. Some suggested it was a ...

A sanctuary county… for gun owners

Out in Illinois, the state legislature has been attempting to seize on the supposed momentum for new firearms restrictions and begun passing a raft of new gun control measures. Governor Bruce Rauner ...

Spitting On The Graves Of Six Million Jews–Whether It Is Intentional Or Uninformed, It Makes No Difference!

Parkland Survivor Siblings To Release Book On Gun Control. There’s Only One Problem. Screenshot: Twitter ...

Earth Day Art Break: A polar bear adjusts to global warming…

A polar bear adjust to global warming as a spotted owl and two mutated chickens look on – by Rod Williams Artist Statement My art is not ...

Sessions warns White House: If Rosenstein goes, I go. Maybe.

Yeah, I’m not sure offering his own scalp in a two-for-one deal with Rosenstein’s is going to have the deterrent effect Sessions is hoping for. You can imagine Trump ...

CIA declassifies memo clearing Haspel in tape-destruction case

At the moment, Washington’s confirmation focus has mainly fallen on Mike Pompeo, currently CIA director and soon-to-be (maybe?) Secretary of State. But what about the woman nominated by Donald Trump to succeed Pompeo? Gina Haspel ...

NYC mayors have been wiping out rats for decades

On a frigid Sunday morning as a rookie reporter in New York City, I was assigned to cover the launch of what was billed as a major city offensive against its rampaging rat population. Officials estimated that the Big Apple probably had more rat residents than the 8.6 million human ones. Such certainty...

Earth Day: it is about equity as well as the environment

By Eleanor Krause, Richard V. Reeves Growing gaps in family structure, educational investments, ...

How did you know?

(Scott Johnson) After our Spring blizzard let up last Sunday, we escaped from the house to see the film Beirut. We had seen the preview and it looked promising. Starring Jon Hamm, directed by Brad Anderson, written by Tony Gilroy, it featured a story recalling the 1984 kidnapping of CIA Lebanon station chief William Buckley by ...

Guess who is not coming to Trump’s first state dinner?

Fifteen months into his presidency, President Trump and First Lady Melania will host their first state dinner Tuesday. The guest of honor is French President Emmanuel Macron. Given that Trump favors grand and rather gaudy displays in his personal life, it is interesting that his time in the White Hous...

Rocket Man redux

When John covered the big announcement out of North Korea last night he hit on many of the positive (or at least potentially positive) aspects of Kim Jong-un’s stated plans....